Konyukhov is mostly known for his skills as a boat man. At the age of 15, he crossed the Azov Sea on a rowboat from his hometown in what is now Ukraine to the other side, in modern-day Russia.
Besides his countless maritime expeditions across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, urban legends ascribe such stories to his biography as using his boating skills to clandestinely supply rebels in South Vietnam and Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Konyukhov himself became a priest in 2010.
"For 32 hours, we did not sleep, did not eat, did not rest, standing up the entire time. It was necessary to switch tanks, and watch after the burners. We did all that together. We even had no time to open the thermos to drink a cup of tea. Instead of drinking water, we sucked on icicles," Konyukhov told Sputnik.
Российский путешественник Фёдор Конюхов и мастер спорта по воздухоплаванию Иван Меняйло побили мировой рекорд по продолжительности полета на воздушном шаре. Они пробыли в воздухе 32 часа 20 минут, улучшив предыдущий показатель более чем на два часа. Узнайте, как проходил полёт воздухоплавателей, из нашего видео.Posted by 360TV on Monday, 25 January 2016
"We had very little time to admire nature, because there was a lot of work. Although below us it was beautiful, our Russia, we saw a lot of moose, boar, deer and squirrels," Konyukhov told Sputnik.
"It was crucial to take as many tanks as we did, we lifted on a limit. We even feared we would crash with such a weight. We used up half of the first tank and threw it overboard to lighten the balloon. We were also worried that we were running out of gas fast. We even began to count, so there would be enough to beat our Russian record, we also hold it at 19 hours and 20 minutes," Konyukhov said.
"Then the cold got stronger, and we thought that we could only hold on for 25 hours. The balloon frosted up, it became heavier, we threw everything we could overboard to lighten it: felt boots, food, thermoses, anything that was spare, just to get lighter," he added.
Footage taken outside Glebovo village approximately an hour before the flight's end.
"But everything went well, we worked well, thanks to God and Vanya Menyailo, a good pilot, my partner," Konyukhov told Sputnik.
Now, Konyukhov and Menyailo plan an balloon expedition around the world, on a blimp which uses both helium and hot air for lift.
"On April 2, we take off on a 10,000 [cubic meter] balloon to fly from the North Pole to Canada, or to Alaska, to the coast. No one has ever flown on a thermal balloon from the North Pole," Konyukhov told Sputnik.
"And in June we start from Australia to go around the world. But there's it's a combined heat balloon, there will be burners and helium. These balloons are impossible to fly here. These only used for the around-the-world voyages," he added.
"I'm curious, I'm inquisitive. If there are mountains, why not stand on top of the highest mountain, Mount Everest, I have done it twice. If there are polar countries, the North Pole, the South Pole, I have been there too. If there are yachts and ships, I would like to make a trip around the world. I have traveled on camels in Mongolia, I love to travel by dog sled in Alaska and Greenland," Konyukhov told Sputnik.